May 13, 2010 | Thursday
TODAY HAS BEEN a taxing day so far, and we are not past morning! Billy is now in Kevin’s shoes, although he is not taking it quite well. I have now witnessed the difference in those to after years of knowing them. I do not even think that I truly knew these two men. Many of you may not know the connection between them aside from being scheduled to be executed in consecutive days. They were sent to Death Row for the same crime. Yesterday I saw Kevin walk out and today I watched as Billy left. Kevin was executed last night. Belly won’t be back today.
The speaker just crackled I have been advised to pack because I am being moved to the camera cell after I shower. My meager belongings are packed up already. I’ve been here before, not in the exact cell but in the camera cell above this cell I occupy now. Kevin wrote on the wall. (Kevin Scott Varga March 4, 1969 to May 12, 2010 May God have mercy) I heard that Kevin spoke in this final statement about accepting Jesus Christ as his savior. I always knew that he had it in him. God bless your soul, Kevin.
You may be wondering what a camera cell is. Death Row is separated form the general prison population and Death Watch is further separated form Death Row. Only two cells on Death Watch are equipped with a camera to observe those two individuals who are closest to their execution date. Billy Galloway was taken from one of these cells this morning. Kevin vacated this on I am in now.
Speaker just crackled. My expected legal phone call has been scheduled and will be put through shortly. Excuse me, the escort team is coming for me.
Legal news? It was my expected attorney phone call. Well, from the start? I was searched by the escort team before I was handcuffed. I was escorted to the visitation room where the attorney phone call took place. It was set for 11:30 a.m. The call was put through by an officer working a the visitation room, and, after the connection with my attorney was made, the phone was handed to me. A hearing is being held today so I was only brought up to date on what our situation is. People are coming forward, although the state prosecutor has not released the taped conversation, which we need to prove my innocence. I should know more tomorrow. On execution days, at 12 noon all prison movement is halted while the condemned man is escorted out of the visitation area. Billy walked right by the booth where I stood. I knocked on the door’s window to get his attention and say words of encouragement. Billy looked shaken, frightened, and his gaze fell towards the ground. Shoulders slumped. I did not expect that from him. Billy shook his head and walked away with several officers in tow. I noticed that one handcuffed hand flashed me a peace sign.
At this prices moment Billy is in the belly of a windowless white van. He is on his way to the Walls Prison unit in Huntsville. That is where the execution chamber is located.
(This was the last blog entry I received from Rogelio. It was written six days before he was executed but I received it in the mail two hours before he died. I don’t know if he wrote any more. The mail service in an out of Death Row is horrible, so it’s entirely possible that there may be some more on their way here. If there are more, I will post them. If not, I have fulfilled my promise to Rogelio. On his behalf, on behalf of his beloved Norma and his great friends Isabelle and Margy, and on behalf of his family — and on my behalf — I thank you for taking the time to read these.– Juan R. Palomo, May 24, 2010)